COVID-19 Update – 26th March 2020

First of all, we would like to let all of our customers know that although all of our engineers are now working from home, our support services are unaffected.  Anyone needing support can email the usual support email address or call the office phone number.  We have full access to all of our internal systems.…


Remote Working

A number of businesses have started advising employees to work from home or are planning for such eventualities in the ongoing battle against Coronavirus. It is hoped that keeping employees apart from each other will reduce the risk of the virus spreading amongst employees as well as the opportunity for the virus to be caught…


How Coronavirus is affecting the IT Industry

The IT industry is beginning to feel the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, as Chinese suppliers temporarily close factories. The closures, which were initially expected to last through the Chinese New Year celebrations in late January have still not been lifted. Apple were the first of the tech giant to issue a Coronavirus warning, ahead of…


Coronavirus Emails Being Used to Spread Malware

IT Security Word Cloud

As the Coronavirus continues to stir widespread fear of a global public health crisis, cyber criminals are using it as a means to spread a rather different sort of virus. Cyber security firms have found malicious emails, disguised as official notifications from health organisations, containing Word Documents, Video clips and PDF files, indicating they contain…


Is It Time To Rethink Your Password Policy?

Many people still make the mistake of trusting the same password to protect different online accounts, not realising that if one site suffers a data breach, that it may allow hackers to break in to other accounts elsewhere. It is more important than ever to ensure that all of your passwords are unique, as well…


Integrity IT Aim to Become the First Carbon Neutral IT Service Provider in Cumbria

Sustainable IT

While many environmental groups are focused on limiting emissions from the automotive and aviation industries, it is the communications industry that is on course to generate the most carbon emissions. Data centres already consume roughly 3% of all globally generated power and account for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions – a carbon footprint equivalent…


RIP Windows 7

GCHQ and The National Cyber Security Centre have warned people not to use Windows 7 computers for internet banking from today, 14th January. NCSC stated that devices still using the operating system which is now unsupported, will be more prone to attacks as Cyber criminal’s take advantage of the fact that Microsoft will no longer…


Travelex Website still down following New Years Eve Cyber Attack

On New Year’s Eve foreign currency exchange service Travelex took its systems offline after discovering a virus. The company website is still offline, showing only a “Planned Maintenance” message in a number of languages. Travelex are keeping very quiet about the situation and customers have not been sent any communication about the cyber attack, but…


The internet is running out of IPv4 addresses, but why are we still not ready for IPv6?

IPv6 was officially launched in 2012 but had already been in existence for a number of years and had already been implemented on all major operating systems used by businesses including Microsoft Server 2008 and Windows Vista.  Long before that, it had been widely acknowledged that we were going to run out of IPv4 addresses.…


HPE Issues SSD Failure Warning

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced earlier this week that some of their Solid State Drives (SSDs) will fail after exactly 32,768 hours of operation time, which translates to 3 years, 270 days and 8 hours.  A lot less than the normal lifespan of these products. Some of which can carry a five year warranty. In…